PraizFest equips students in biblical worship principles, methods

BENTON, Ark. –  More than 100 students gathered at First Baptist Church in Benton Jan. 26-27 for PraizFest 2024.

Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) Worship Consultant Jim Daniel said 150 students and 79 leaders from 21 different churches came together to be equipped during the student worship weekend.

The annual event is one of many equipping tools used by the worship ministry of the ABSC in equipping the next generation of worshippers and worship leaders.  

During PraizFest, students join their voices in a mass choir and are equipped in biblical worship principles and methods by great leaders from across the state. Daniel said nine breakout classes were offered for students to choose from, each ready to stretch the students in their biblical understanding of worship and their worship leadership skills.  

Cliff Duren, a prolific song writer and arranger and the worship pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Georgia, served as the worship leader and choral clinician for this year’s event. Daniel said Duren’s leadership and investment in the students during the weekend made a great impact. 

“We are praying the Lord will continue to bring forth fruit from this year’s PraizFest for years to come,” he said.  

PraizFest culminated with a performance by the students. In addition to the students and leaders who participated in the event, Daniel said there were a couple hundred more in attendance at the closing worship celebration to end the weekend. 

The closing worship celebration can be seen at seen at

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